Very delighted to announce that the book is now available! Order your copy from University of Toronto Press now. And visit the companion webpage [opens in new tab] where you can find supplemental resources, watch videos of past performances of the play, and consider performing the work yourself!
Awhile back I got a chance to sit down with Eliza Chandler, Lindsey Fisher, and Sean Lee and record our conversation for an episode of Contra*, the podcast of the Critical Design Lab. I've been thinking for awhile now about how anti-ableist praxis requires thinking and working to make the spaces of knowledge production more … Continue reading Talking Disability Art with Eliza Chandler, Lindsey Fisher, and Sean Lee
My first book, I Was Never Alone or Oporniki: An Ethnographic Play on Disability in Russia, is now available for pre-order from University of Toronto Press, Amazon.com, and Amazon.ca. The book is scheduled for release in May 2020 [edited to note publisher's delay] November 2020. I Was Never Alone or Oporniki presents an original ethnographic … Continue reading Book available for pre-order!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZF1DW4Oyc8 Not long ago, I was in Russia, to take part in an event at European University at Saint Petersburg, DIS.ART – disability, ethnography & the arts on October 10, 2018. The event featured four creative works by a cohort of medical ethnographers working on disability at European University in Saint Petersburg. The evening started … Continue reading Disability, Art & Ethnography in St Petersburg
I'm very glad that a performance of my ethnographic play will be presented this March as part of the program of the 2018 Soyuz Symposium for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, this year hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the European Studies Council at Yale. Friday March 2nd at 7:30pm, with a talk back session at … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE at Yale
Visual media like video and photography can only capture a limited glimpse of the social phenomena that live performance produces; a photo of a still moment in a performance can hardly produce the kind of communitas or social shift in emotive and interactional awareness that live performance creates.
I WAS NEVER ALONE (IWNA), a play script based on ethnographic fieldwork in Petrozavodsk, Russia with adults with disabilities, just keeps on moving - developing in new ways and finding collaborators and possibilities that, as a first-time documentary playwright, continue to astound and amaze me. The February 2016 staged reading of IWNA (dir. Joseph Megel) … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE keeps on moving
This week takes me back to North Carolina to work on logistics leading up to a planned workshop and staged reading that will take place at UNC-Chapel Hill Performance Studies during the first week of February 2016. The workshop will be the second process presentation for I WAS NEVER ALONE, a documentary play script and … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE workshop and staged reading
I'm thrilled to announce that have accepted an appointment as the 2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnographic Design at the Studio for Ethnographic Design at the University of California San Diego. This is an exciting position that includes a departmental home in the UCSD Department of Communication, and a key role in planning and executing upcoming … Continue reading California and other changes
I'm happy to announce the publication of my photo essay and accompanying text in the interdisciplinary journal Landscapes of Violence. You can download the PDF version from the LoV website, or read the abstract, below. Abstract A recent Human Rights Watch report documented the ways in which people with mobility impairments in Russia are both … Continue reading New photo essay on Disability in Russia